From n+1, at its best, El Malpensante exhibits not only the critical rigor that is expected of a publication of its sort, but also a touch of youthful perversity and mischief, now adult in its methods and motivations. Here are 7 superpowers the world can do without. Strange News: The origin of sex are pinned down — on wild strawberries. It's Living Room 2.0: Boxee, the open-source software that puts the Internet on your TV, is poised to revolutionize how and what we watch; could it reunite the family, too? A chance to join the world: Neal Ascherson on a future for Abkhazia. A weakened economy needs strengthened humanities: Economic freedom has turned toxic because we lack the cultural maturity that the humanities used to provide. Roger Kimball on tenured radicals: Still tenured, still radical. From Mother Jones, an interview with Frank Rich. How much hoops analysis is too much? A review of Free Darko's The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac. A look at how publishing is displaying its split personality. On giant piles of trash left by a generation of New Yorkers, landscape architect James Corner is building a park that has the power to change the way we see the past and the future of the city. Majoring in the unusual: “Out of the box” college programs for Generation Y. More on The Lost Art of Walking by Geoff Nicholson.
A new issue of M/C Journal is out. From LPBR, a review of Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse by Timothy D. Lytton; and a review of The Supreme Court on Trial: How the American Justice System Sacrifices Innocent Defendants by George C. Thomas III. A review of Loot: The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World by Sharon Waxman. A review of Vindicating Lincoln: Defending the Politics of Our Greatest President by Thomas L. Krannawitter. A review of Swinging: the Games Your Neighbours Play by Mark Brendon. Setting advice columnists straight: A downtrodden girlfriend, a weight watcher, and a cuckold sought counsel — Gelf gives them better answers. Eckhart Tolle is a publishing phenomenon — why are so many people lapping up his distillation of the wisdom of the ages? Difficult times call for brave souls ready to expose forbidden realities to the light of day: Lawrence B. Wilkerson is such a man. Cory Doctorow on willing science fiction into fact. From LRB, an address in Mayfair: Donald MacKenzie on hedge funds. Doppelganger Pop: Does Beyonce Knowles really need an alter ego? Return of the Neanderthals: If we can resurrect them through fossil DNA, should we? Bailout: Michelle Cottle on the redemption of Barney Frank.
From Imprimis, Edward J. Erler (CSU-SB): Birthright Citizenship and Dual Citizenship: Harbingers of Administrative Tyranny. From Multinational Monitor, the system implodes: A look at the 10 worst corporations of 2008. The Tower of Babel does not exist: Clarisse Herrenschmidt considers the mixed blessings of global English and suggests playing a game to overcome the barriers of language. How we will die in 20 years: Here’s a list of reasons why you should (and shouldn’t) fear the reaper in the coming decades. Obama's Reagan Democrats: They weren't crazy about Obama, but they voted for him anyway — now what do they want? Professor-in-Chief: Unlike other egg-headed candidates, President-elect Obama has proven that an intellectual can make it to the Oval Office. The new Cicero: Barack Obama's speeches are much admired and endlessly analysed, but one of their most interesting aspects is the enormous debt they owe to the oratory of the Romans. Why should we be celebrating the “new frugality” imposed by hard times, particularly if we have moved beyond the moral universe plotted by Milton Friedman, Friedrich von Hayek, and Michael Novak? An excerpt from Wage Theft in America by Kim Bobo. A review of Garrett Cullity’s The Moral Demands of Affluence, Tim Mulgan’s The Demands of Consequentialism, and Liam Murphy’s Moral Demands in Nonideal Theory.
A new issue of Europe's World is out. So much for "late capitalism": Greed, speculation, bust, misery — our present economic woes are right there, along with all human life, in Charles Dickens. An interview with Uri Gordon, author of Anarchy Alive! A review of A Citizen Legislature/A People's Parliament by Ernest Callenbach, A review of Everyday Drinking by Kingsley Amis (and more from Bookforum). From Salon, an interview with Richard Rodriguez on why churches fear gay marriage. From American Diplomacy, an article on UN Security Council reform: Unrealistic proposals and viable reform options. Green or die: An interview with Rev. Lennox Yearwood, executive director of the Hip Hop Caucus. From TAP, Paul Starr on the realignment opportunity; and let the conservative whining begin, says Paul Waldman. The odd expletive escapes most people's mouths in times of stress, but when we fall back on swear words just for effect have we really just run out of ideas. A review of Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney by Dennis O’Driscoll. Scott McLemee reviews The Overflowing Brain: Information Overload and the Limits of Working Memory by Torkel Klingberg. From Quodlibet, an article on teaching the parables to a post-modern society. An interview with Dinesh D'Souza on a Christian think tank. The sound of change: Can music save Cuba?